Welcome back to the feature where we highlight our staff’s favorite places to explore in the neighborhood we know and love! Now that summer is unofficially here, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to spend time outside. You may have heard of these renowned parks before, but did you know they’re all within walking distance of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio?
Union Square Park is a fun spot to enjoy an iced treat and some people watching on a summer day. You can check out the cute dogs in the dog park, skater kids along 14th Street, and people sunbathing on the lawns. There is a playground on the north end, and The Pavilion Market Cafe on 17th Street highlights produce from the Union Square Greenmarket. The Greenmarket, located on the north and west sides of the park, is one of the best markets in the city! Open year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, stop by for fresh produce, flowers, meat, wine, artisanal baked goods, cheeses, and so much more.
Broadway to 4th Avenue, East 14th to East 17th Streets
Madison Square Park is a beautiful park surrounded by iconic NYC buildings, including the Flatiron & Met Life Clock Tower buildings. Waiting in line at Shake Shack for arguably the best burger in the city is a New York rite of passage. (A great option in winter too, as heated outdoor lamps will keep you toasty.) The revolving art installations are truly inspiring. The latest in the series of sculpture exhibitions features a 500-foot-long sculpture of golden metal forms perforated with foliage-like patterns that create canopies above the park’s walkways. In addition to viewing the art, one of our staff members loves watching the park’s outgoing squirrels – they’ll come right up to people sitting on park benches!
Broadway to Madison Avenue, East 23rd to East 26th Streets
Take a walk outside along The High Line, a gorgeous public park built on a historic elevated freight rail line, which runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street right over the Hudson River. The views are amazing, and the park is full of art, gardens, and sustainable design. You won’t want to miss this unique NYC nature and educational experience. (During warmer months this spot is very popular – try coming here on a weekday for a less crowded visit.)
Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues